Despite Calm in Syria, War-torn Aleppo Still Waiting on Aid

Britan-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: government and opposition forces ready to withdraw from Aleppo’s main artery. Government forces not leaving until rebels do the same.

People gather near burning tyres during a demonstration against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and calling for aid to reach Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016.
Abdalrhman Ismail

Activists say Syria's cease-fire is still holding despite some violations, but aid has not yet reached besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government forces and opposition fighters are now ready to withdraw from the Castello road, a main artery into Aleppo, to hand it over to Russian troops.

It said Thursday that government forces will not start pulling out until the rebels begin to do the same.

The cease-fire that went into effect Monday is part of a U.S.-Russia agreement that also calls for allowing humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas in Aleppo.

The UN says some 20 trucks carrying UN aid destined for rebel-held Aleppo remained in the customs area on the border with Turkey on Wednesday.